What is a Job Carve?? It’s a win-win!

What is a Job Carve?? It’s a win-win!



We’ve all heard the headlines about “The Great Resignation” and we’ve seen the Now Hiring signs throughout the community. Job Carving is a way to fill this staffing gap with qualified candidates, but not everyone knows what it is or what the benefits are.

I asked Glenn Bishop, Employment Services Manager at Dirkse Counseling and Consulting to explain.

“Job Carving (also referred to as Customized Employment) is the process where a job developer gets to know an individual with a disability and works with employers to customize a job that fits the individual’s skills and abilities, while meeting the needs of the employer.”

This creates a win-win situation where a person with a disability can fill a role for an employer, performing tasks that are often put off or not prioritized but can create an opportunity for the job seeker.

For example, a highly paid Executive Assistant may have multiple tasks that aren’t always completed due to time constraints. These may include making new client files, data entry, organization, or various other tasks. An innovative company can create an entry level position for an individual to complete these tasks, thus freeing up the Executive Assistant to focus on other, potentially more important areas.

This type of creative collaboration makes everyone more productive by utilizing individual strengths and skills and ensures that tasks that are sometimes left behind get completed consistently.

If your business is looking for creative ways to fill a need or two, Dirkse Counseling and Consulting is ready and excited to share more with you!


By Kristi Metschan. For more info about our mission & programs, call Glenn Bishop: (503)-265-9256 or email gbishop@dirksecc.com.